How Ya’ll Doin
That is Texan for “How is everyone” and it was the start of an
unexpected surprise for an Austin, Texas couple on their honeymoon in
Africa. We met them at the 5K race to buy formula for Neema House
Arusha, our home for abandoned, orphaned and at risk babies in Africa
and they told us their story.
They were in the grocery store in Arusha, Tanzania on their honeymoon
when they heard someone ask in familiar Texas drawl, “How Yal’ll
Doin?” It was Kelly Erdman, the director at Neema.
Most people speak Swahili in Tanzania and talking with people can be
quite frustrating so when you hear your own language you sort of perk
up. They struck up a conversation with Kelly and of course she
invited them to come see the babies. They ended up spending five days
of their honeymoon holding babies at Neema. Now how cool is that!
Actually they had planned to do some volunteer work on their honeymoon
in Africa and had been to a couple of orphanages which they said were
awful. When they got to Neema and someone made them take off their
shoes before coming in the door and then pumped sanitizer onto their
hands before they could pick up a baby, they said, “This is it.” I
love telling folks if you are looking to volunteer at a dirt floor
orphanage where the children are ragged and hungry, this is not it.
Sometimes our babies may come to us in bad shape
but in a short time with loving care they are happy babies, like
An update on Bekah, our daughter, pictured below, volunteering at
The three hour surgery in Moshi to repair a compound fracture on her
ankle was successful and she was able to return to Neema. After the
stitches heal she will be put in a cast for six weeks. The hospital
was not much to look at but she did like the doctor.
Her dad made it to Africa in time for the surgery too. This has been a
scary time for all of us but God is still good all the time. Psalms
Matching Gifts. Did you know that the Boeing Company does a match for
donations made by their employees to a registered nonprofit? Krissi,
one of our earlier volunteers pictured below, has a friend who works
with her at Boeing and he has made a gift to Neema of $600 dollars
which means an actual gift of $1,200 dollars to Neema!! Yah! So be
sure and check with your company, you might could double your gifts to
Sponsors updates: It is hard for me to get updated pictures of the
babies out to sponsors when we are in the States. With yucky Chicken
Pox covering their faces, I took very few pictures of the babies on
our last trip to Neema. So I have fallen way down on sending pictures
to our sponsors. Please forgive me. But you have another way of
seeing your baby. The Facebook page for Neema House Arusha has an
album of pictures for each baby. If you will check there you can copy
and print those pictures to put on your fridge of your baby in Africa.
You can even send a message to Neema House Arusha Facebook and ask if
they would please post more of your baby. I’m sure they would be
glad to do that.
New baby at Neema Our third “Gift” has come to Neema. Zawadi means
The Gift and this baby is our third baby girl named Zawadi. You can
check out her story on the Neema House Arusha Facebook site.
A new Neema House Arusha video has just been released on Youtube. At
seventeen our Grandson, Tanner Michael White, below,
wrote an essay to get into college and it is about one of our babies
dumped in a pit latrine. It is written from the possible viewpoint of
the baby and is so incredible and well written that a friend of Dr.
Sue’s wanted to produce it. Click on the link below or type in “Baby
saved from Pit Latrine” in the Youtube search and you can view the
video. It was produced by Gated Productions. Thank you Chris and all
the incredible staff at Gated Productions! And Thank You Tanner!
Wouldn’t it be awesome to help this one go viral!!